Meta: Work on Meta's data center in Sarpy County halted following racist graffiti being found

Sep 23, 2022 | Posted by MadalineDunn

Meta’s Sarpy County data center has once again found itself in the headlines following another racist incident on site. The primary contractor Turner Construction had shut down work on the Utah site regarding three other racist incidents, which included racist graffiti on a portable toilet and a noose. Now, once again, racist graffiti has been found on the site. 

In the statement, the construction company said that the actions “did not meet our clear expectation for maintaining a respectful environment that is free of racism and hate,” and that it is working with Meta and trade partners to find the culprit and create a plan to ensure all employees at the worksite feel like their work environment is safe, and they will be treated with respect and dignity. Meta, formerly Facebook, shared similar sentiments and commented that it has a “zero tolerance for any racist acts.” 

Meta announced that it would further expand its Sarpy County facility in August. The facility, which first broke ground in 2017, has seen significant investment over the last few years, in addition to grants and other support totaling more than US$2.5 million to the community living in Sarpy County.